Jeffrey Hayden with wife Eva Marie Saint (1990)

Jeffrey Hayden (October 15, 1926 – December 24, 2016) was an American television director and producer. He was married to actress Eva Marie Saint from 1951 until his death in 2016.

Television career

Born in New York City, Hayden's career as a director began in the late 1950s, when he directed the only feature film to his credit, The Vintage (1957), starring Pier Angeli and Mel Ferrer. He then turned to television, beginning with episodes of Leave It to Beaver and 77 Sunset Strip.[1]

Hayden directed episodes of dozens of TV series from the 1960s into the 1990s, including such popular programs as The Andy Griffith Show, Burke's Law, Batman, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., and In the Heat of the Night.[2]

Personal life and death

On October 28, 1951, Hayden married screen actress Eva Marie Saint. The couple had two children, Darrell and Laurette, and four grandchildren.[2]

Shortly before their 50th anniversary, on October 13, 2001, the couple appeared together in a one-night-only performance of the play Love Letters at Bowling Green State University, Saint's alma mater.[3]

Hayden died from cancer in Los Angeles, on December 24, 2016, at the age of 90.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (January 3, 2017). "Jeffrey Hayden, TV Director and Husband of Eva Marie Saint, Dies at 90". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Thorne, Will (January 3, 2017). "Jeffrey Hayden, Theater and TV Director, Dies at 90". Variety. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "Eva Marie Saint, Jeffrey Hayden to Appear Oct. 13 in Scholarship Benefit Performance at BGSU" (Press release). Bowling Green State University. September 1, 2001. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2006.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (January 3, 2017). "Jeffrey Hayden Dies: 'Peyton Place', 'Donna Reed Show' Director Was 90". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 22, 2021.